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LL President’s statement regarding Canada Truckers’ Protests

Liberland’s statement regarding the trucker protests in Canada.

In light of the recent developments regarding protests of truckers in Ottawa, Canada, and with a strong concern for Liberland citizens and supporters living in Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Liberland would like to issue the following statement:

We live in a civilised world and depend on our historically unprecedented levels of global economic organisation. Those who work day-to-day securing our complicated supply chains should not be taken for granted, nor should their labour. 

As the 20th century classical liberal Leonard E. Read wrote in his essay “I, Pencil,” wealth is generated as much by the free-market system itself as also by the contribution of every one of us who chose to take part in that system.  

As the Covid crisis and delays in global supply chains illustrate, our peace is more fragile than we like to think. The system is endangered when anger clouds common sense and dissent is responded to with force. We all participate voluntarily, which entails the right to opt out. 

We, therefore, express our sincere hopes that the citizens of Canada, her government, and her prime minister hold on to their long tradition of the rule of law and settling disputes peacefully. Our time has shown us that a failure to listen can be costly indeed.

A true dialogue necessitates parties to know their positions and hold to their core values. The values of freedom, body autonomy, and Constitutional rights seem to be the protesters’ main concerns. On the other hand, the government had sworn to protect those values under God, as the Canadian Bill of Rights stipulates.

It is not often that people who are busy trying to make a living take a stand to articulate their position as clearly as the Canadian protestors do. We strongly suggest that the world listens to what they have to say, for they bear a message concerning all its citizens. We stand at the precipice of a crucial fork in the road, at stakes the meaning of freedom and human rights.

The world is watching Ottawa, and we hope that something good and noble might be born out of the raging emotions and hardships endured by all concerned.

Jonathan A. McCormick, Jr.
Techie. Entrepreneur. Free thinker. Senior International Correspondent for Liberland Press.

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